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Water Drops On Burning Rocks (2000)


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Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 1



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French bad boy director Francois Ozon follows up on his controversial first two films Sitcom (1998) and Criminal Lovers (1999) with this adaptation of a play that legendary German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder wrote when he was 19 years old. Retaining the play's four-act structure, the first act opens with middle-aged Leopold (Bernard Giraudeau) escorting young Franz (Malick Zidi) back to his apartment. Franz, who was on his way to visit his fiancée Anna, allows himself to be picked up by


Drama, Art House & International, Comedy

François Ozon

Oct 16, 2001

Zeitgeist Films

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (6) | DVD (4)

The film is very theatrical and admittedly 'staged,' but always purposefully.

January 1, 2000
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Good for Ozon, less so for Fassbinder.

October 10, 2004
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

...though it's not exactly good, there's something oddly compelling about the whole thing...

July 27, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Hilarity, tragedy and a bizarre dance number ensue in this well-executed film debut.

March 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Planet Sick-Boy
Planet Sick-Boy

It's a film that should satisfy followers of both Fassbinder and Ozon.

June 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

What first comes off as a simple satire brimming with an almost John-Waters-esque absurdity, can bear far deeper scrutiny and still not come up empty.

September 18, 2001 Full Review

Franz -un adolescente de sexualidad aún no definida del todo- es seducido por un adulto en su departamento, Leopold, y después de la ...

September 4, 2001

Becomes deeply involving, highly thought-provoking, and remarkably engaging.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Both characters and situation are little more than routine.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The kind of exaggerated, elitist Euro-farce that cinema snobs enjoy just because they know the unwashed masses wouldn't.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire

Water Drops must be seen as a failed experiment,

January 1, 2000

Walk into Leopold's apartment, and you might check in, but you won't check out.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Audience Reviews for Water Drops On Burning Rocks

As a curious exaggeration of stereotypes, this film may be interesting at a first look, but the many attempts at dark humor are not funny and only feel awkward and out of place - which can also be said about the surreal tone that makes it seem sterile and pointless.
February 11, 2013

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